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March 11th is National “Eat Your Noodles” Day

Posted on March 11, 2019

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Noodles:

      1. Dry noodles are considered a form of unleavened bread
      2. In China archaeologists discovered the world’s oldest bowl of noodles, thought to be over 4000 years old. They were made of millet flour.
      3. “Instant” noodles were invented in 1958. They are flash fried then quickly dried. This made for a long shelf life.(If they are kept dry, some say they will remain edible for decades)
      4. Over 40% of the flour in Asia is used to make noodles.  Feeding over half of the world’s population.
      5. Thomas Jefferson brought the first “macaroni” noodles to America in 1789 after returning from a trip to France.

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Today’s Food History

    • 1791 Samuel Mulliken of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania received a patent for a machine to thresh corn and grain.
    • 1853 Self rising flour was supposedly invented by Henry Jones of Bristol.
    • 1903 Lawrence Welk, champagne music-maker, was born.

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March 10th is National Ranch Dressing Day / #RanchDressingDay

Posted on March 10, 2019

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Ranch Dressing:

  1. In 1954 ranch dressing was invented at Hidden Valley Ranch, a dude ranch near Santa Barbara, California.
  2. Ranch dressing has been the best-selling salad dressing in the United States since 1992, overtaking Italian dressing.
  3. Hidden Valley brand owns the right to ‘the Original Ranch®‘ After decades of trademark lawsuits similar products can be labeled ‘ranch style’ or simply ‘ranch’
  4. While popular in the United States and Canada, ranch dressing is virtually unknown in most of the world
  5.  Since 1972 Hidden Valley Ranch has been owned by Clorox.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1845 RIP John Chapman, ‘Johnny Appleseed’ ,an American pioneer and legend, he planted apple seeds in the Ohio River valley area (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois)
  • 1867 Lillian D. Wald was born. She was a scientist and nurse, and among her activities, she helped initiate the enactment of pure food laws in the U.S.
  • 1873 RIP John Torrey, he was the first professional botanist in the New World.
  • 1914 At the National Gallery in London, a suffragette slashed Diego Velázquez’s ‘Rokeby Venus’ with a meat cleaver.

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March 9th is National Crab Day! 🦀

Posted on March 9, 2019

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5 food facts about crab cakes


A crab cake is an American dish composed of crab meat and various other ingredients, such as bread crumbs, milk, mayonnaise, eggs, yellow onions, and seasonings.

The two most common styles of Maryland crab cakes are known as Boardwalk and Restaurant.

Boardwalk crabcakes are typically breaded and deep-fried, and are often filled with stuffing of various sorts and served on a hamburger bun.

Restaurant crab cakes, which are sometimes called gourmet crab cakes, are often prepared with no filler, and are composed of all-lump crab meat served on a platter or open-faced sandwich.

Many restaurants that offer Maryland crab cakes will offer to have the cakes fried or broiled.

On This Day in Food History…

1822 Charles Graham of New York received a patent for artificial teeth.

1839 Famous Food Fights

The Great Pastry War ended this day. A brief conflict began on November 30, 1838, between Mexico and France caused by a French pastry cook who claimed that some Mexican Army soldiers had damaged his restaurant. The Mexican government refused to pay for damages. Several other countries had asked the Mexican government for similar claims in the past due to civil unrest in Mexico, without any resolution. France decided to do something about it, and sent a fleet to Veracruz and fired on the fortress outside the harbor. They occupied the city on April 16, 1838, and through the mediation of Great Britain were promised payment of 600,000 pesos for the damages. They withdrew on March 9, 1839.


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March 8th is National Peanut Cluster Day

Posted on March 8, 2019

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Peanut Cluster:

  1. ‘Peanut Cluster’ is referred to a type of candy that mixes melted chocolate and peanuts.
  2. These crunchy treats are a perfect combination of a sweet and salty deliciousness.
  3. There are several versions of peanut clusters including caramel clusters, butterscotch clusters and chocolate peanut clusters.
  4. Peanuts have a higher antioxidant capacity over grapes, green tea, tomatoes, spinach, carrots and many more.
  5. Peanut clusters have been around for many years dating way before 1912 when they were made popular by the Goo Goo Cluster.

Fun Fact:

Astronaut Allen B. Sheppard brought peanuts with him to the moon.

During World War II the  the Emporia Wholesale Coffee Company “shipped approximately 50,000 pounds of chocolate peanut clusters weekly for consumption by those on the fighting front.”

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Today’s Food History

  • 1824 RIP Jean Jacques Regis de Cambaceres, A French politician and gourmet, a contemporary and rival of Talleyrand and Carême. The dinners he gave were legendary. He refused to admit late-comers, and was demanded complete silence while dining.
  • 1923 The Coca Cola 6 bottle carton was introduced.
  • 1992 RIP Christian K. Nelson, inventor of the Eskimo Pie at age 98.

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March 7th is National Cereal Day! / #NationalCerealDay

Posted on March 7, 2019

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Interesting Food Facts about Cereal

The word cereal comes from Cerealia, the name of ancient Roman ceremonies that honored Ceres, the goddess of grain.

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The first ready-to-eat breakfast cereal, Granula was invented in the United States in 1863 by James Caleb Jackson.

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Cereal is often eaten cold with with milk, yogurt, and sometimes fruit, but may be eaten dry.

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Astronauts from Apollo 11 ate cereal during their mission to the moon. The cereal with fruit was compressed into cubes because the lack of gravity made bowls of milk impossible.

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The average American eats 160 bowls of cereal each year.

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Today’s Food History

1804 John Wedgwood, the son of Josiah Wedgwood of pottery fame, founded the Royal Horticultural Society.

1849 Luther Burbank was born. American horticulturist, he developed many new varieties of fruits and vegetables, including the Burbank Potato (1873), the Shasta Daisy, over 100 varieties of plums and prunes and 10 varieties of berries.

1897 Dr. John Kellogg served corn flakes for the first time to his patients at his hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan. They wouldn’t be sold commercially until 1906.

1914 The Coca Cola Bottler’s Association was formed.


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March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day / #PeanutButterDay

Posted on March 1, 2019

Five Food Finds about Peanut Butter 

  •  An 18oz jar of peanut butter needs 850 peanuts
  • The USA produce about 6% of the world’s crop of peanuts: by comparison India and China, together, produce about 70%
  • West Coast people  prefer chunky peanut butter, whereas those in the East Coast people like creamy
  •  Peanuts account for 2/3rds of the total snack “nuts” consumption in the USA
  •  96% of people, when making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, put the peanut butter on before the jelly
  • Two presidents of the USA, Jimmy Carter and Thomas Jefferson, were peanut farmers

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Today’s Food History

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  • 1784 E. Kidner opened the first cooking school in Great Britain.
  • 1927 Harry Belafonte, singer, actor, was born. His biggest hit was “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song” in 1956.
  • 1970 U.S. commercial whale hunting ended.
  • 1989 Jack Dietz holds the world’s record for watermelon seed spitting, 66 feet 11 inches.
  • 1989 A 75 year-long ban on beer was lifted this day in Iceland.
  • 1990 The British Royal Navy began issuing rum rations to sailors as early as 1655. The Royal New Zealand Navy was the last navy in the world to end daily rum rations for sailors in 1990.
  • 2002 McDonald’s announced in a press release that it has agreed to pay 10 million dollars to Hindu and vegetarian groups to settle lawsuits over its use of beef flavoring in its French Fries.

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The official 2020 ‘Food Holiday’ list

Posted on February 26, 2019

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The official 2019 ‘Food Holiday’ list

Posted on January 1, 2019

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April 4th is National Cordon Bleu Day!

Posted on April 4, 2018

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Here are today’s five food facts to know about Cordon Bleu:

  • The phrase “Cordon Bleu” means “Blue Ribbon” when referring to the dish.
  • Another use of the phrase “Cordon Bleu” comes from a distinguished order of sixteenth-century French knights, who apparently wore blue sashes and were therefore popularly referred to as the “Cordon-bleus.”
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  • Cordon Bleu is a thinly pounded piece of meat (most often chicken, but also veal or pork) stuffed with ham and cheese, then breaded and fried.
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  • Chicken Cordon Bleu is a relatively recent American creation, first found mentioned in the written word in 1967.
  • Common variations on this recipe include baking instead of frying, skipping the breading, and switching the order of the meats.
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Today’s Food History

o    1828 Casparus van Wooden of Amsterdam, patented chocolate milk powder.

o    1871 Mary Florence Potts of Ottumwa, Iowa patented the ‘Mrs. Potts’ pressing iron. It had a detachable handle so several iron bodies could be heated and used in turn as one cooled down.

o    1883 Peter Cooper died. American inventor and founder of the ‘Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.’ He also obtained the first American patent for the manufacture of gelatin. In 1895, a cough syrup manufacturer, Pearl B. Wait purchased the patent and developed a packaged gelatin dessert. Wait’s wife, May David Wait named it Jell-O.

o    1884 Adolphe Duglere died. A pupil of Careme, head chef of the Rothschild family, and head chef of the famous 19th century Paris restaurant, the Cafe Anglais.

o    1887 William Cumming Rose was born. An American biochemist, he researched amino acids, and established the importance of the 8 essential amino acids in human nutrition.

o    1893 Alphonse Pyrame de Candolle died. A Swiss botanist, author of ‘Origin of Cultivated Plants.’

o    1899Benjamin F. Jackson patented a gas burner.

o    1932 Vitamin C is first isolated by C.G. King at the University of Pittsburgh.

o    1998 A locust plague in Ethiopia was reported that covered almost 4,000 acres


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April 1st is National Sourdough Bread Day!

Posted on April 1, 2018

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Here are today’s five food finds about Sourdough Bread:

  • The liquid alcohol layer referred to as ‘hooch’ comes from an Native American tribe called Hoochinoo. The Hoochinoo used to trade supplies with Alaskan gold miners for the ‘hooch’ off the top of their sourdough starters.

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  • Barm is the English term for sourdough starter. It is derived from the term ‘barmy’ which means tipsy, or ditzy. This is because of the alcohol!

 

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  • Sourdough likely originated in Ancient Egyptian times around 1500 BC and was likely the first form of leavening available to bakers.

 

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  • Baker’s yeast is not useful as sourdough starter for leavening rye bread, as rye does not contain enough gluten.

 

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  • Most bread is leavened with yeast, but sourdough is leavened with the Lactobacillus bacterium.

 

 

Today in food history…

  • 1582 France adopted the new Gregorian calendar. Prior to that, the new year was celebrated on April 1. (The new year actually started on March 25, which fell during Holy Week – so the celebrations were delayed until the first day of April). One explanation of the origin of ‘April Fools Day’ is that those who failed to accept the new start of the year on January 1 became the object of practical jokes. (Pope Gregory XIII introduced the new Gregorian Calendar in 1582. It is possible that Charles IX of France may have changed the start of the New Year to January in 1564).
  • 1755 Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin was born. A French politician and author of the 8 volume Physiologie du goût, ou Méditation de gastronomie transcendante, ouvrage théorique, historique et à l’ordre du jour (“The Physiology of Taste, or Meditation on Transcendent Gastronomy, a Work Theoretical, Historical, and Programmed”) published in 1825. It treats dining as an art form and contains many delightful and witty observations on the pleasures of the table.
  • 1893 The first dishwashing machine became an award winning success at the 1893 Columbian Exposition, which used Josephine Garis Cochran’s hand operated, mechanical dishwashers in its kitchens. (She patented her original version on December 28, 1886.) Her company eventually evolved into KitchenAid.
  • 1911 Seaman Asahel Knapp died. An American agriculturist, he began the system which evolved into the U.S. Cooperative Extension Service.
  • 1932 Actor Gordon Jump was born. The ‘Maytag Repairman’ in commercials, also Arthur Carlson on ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’.
  • 1960 Tiros I, the first weather observation satellite was launched from Cape Kennedy.
  • 1976 Jimmy Buffet’s ‘Margaritaville’ was released.
  • 1976 R.I.P. Carl Peter Henrik Dam. Dam was a Danish biochemist who discovered vitamin K in 1939.
  • 1996 The Taco Bell fast food chain played an April Food joke on the American public by claiming to have bought the Liberty Bell to help pay down the national debt.
  • 1999 The first minimum wage goes into effect in Britain, £3.60 an hour for adults and £3.00 an hour for those under 22 years old.
  • 1999 In April 1999, Restaurant Nora in Washington DC became America’s first certified organic restaurant. This means that 95% or more of everything that you eat at the restaurant has been produced by certified organic growers and farmers.

March 31st is National Oysters on the Half Shell Day !

Posted on March 31, 2018

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Happy National Oysters on The Half Shell Day!

Here are today’s five interesting food facts about Oysters:

  • An oyster has a lifespan of over 100 years.
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  • The oyster has no head, no biting mouth parts and no arms or legs.
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  • An oyster’s two or three inches in diameter would probably be three to five years old.
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  • It takes about 25 to 28 months for oyster larvae to reach market size.
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  • Oysters feed year-round, though they feed less in winter because they need less energy.
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Today’s Food History

  • 1814 John Lineback patented the cottonseed hulling machine.
  • 1848 William Waldorf Astor was born. William Waldorf Astor was a cousin of John Jacob Astor IV, the great grandson of John Jacob Astor. He built the Waldorf section (1893) of what would become the Waldorf Astoria (1897). The Empire State Building (1929) now stands on the site of the former hotel.
  • 1918 Daylight Savings Time went into effect in the U.S. for the first time.
  • 1989 Chefs from Japanese restaurants in New York have finally persuaded the FDA to allow them to import and serve fogu. The first shipment of Japanese blowfish (tora fugu) arrived today. The chefs had to attend special classes to protect their customers from poisoning.
  • 1946 G. Allan Nichol of the music group ‘The Turtles’ was born.
  • 2005 Frank Perdue president of Perdue Farms died today. He was the son of the company’s founder Arthur Perdue. Perdue is the 3rd largest poultry company in the U.S.

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March 30th is National Hot Chicken Day!

Posted on March 30, 2018

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Happy Hot Chicken Day!

Here are today’s interesting food facts about Hot Chicken:

  • Hot Chicken is a hot and spicy Fried Chicken that is a local specialty of Nashville, Tennessee also known as Nashville Hot Chicken
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  • The originator of hot chicken is the family of Andre Prince Jeffries, owner of Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack.
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  • Created  by a scorned woman, Thornton Prince’s girlfriend cooked him a supper spicy fried chicken breakfast after he was out all night with another girl. Turns out helped the chicken so much he soon opens a chicken shack in the 1930’s.
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  • Hot chicken is going National and even global! Even KFC offers Hot Chicken.
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March 29th is National Chiffon Cake Day!

Posted on March 29, 2018

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Here are today’s interesting facts about Chiffon Cake:

  • Many believe Chiffon cake is the ‘original’ wedding cake filling. A chiffon cake is a very light cake made with vegetable oil, eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, and flavorings.
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  • The lack of butter means that chiffon cakes lack much of the rich flavor of butter cakes, and hence they are typically served accompanied with flavorful sauces or other accompaniments, such as chocolate or fruit fillings.
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  • It is a combination of both batter and foam type cakes.
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Today’s Food History

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  • 1886 Coca-Cola was created by Dr. John Pemberton.
  • 1900 Charles Elton was born.  Elton was an English biologist who first developed the idea of a ‘food chain.’
  • 1848 A huge upstream ice jam stopped almost all water flow over Niagara Falls (both American Falls and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls) for several hours.  You could actually walk out into the riverbed below the falls.
  • 1903 R.I.P. Gustavus Franklin Swift.  Founder of the meat-packing business Swift & Co., the inventor of the refrigerated railway car, and the first to ship ‘dressed’ beef to eastern markets instead of live animals.
  • 1980 R.I.P. Walter H. Deubener. He owned the S.S. Kresge grocery store in St. Paul, Minnesota and invented the handled grocery bag.

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March 28th is National Black Forest Cake Day!

Posted on March 28, 2018

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Happy National Black Forest Cake Day!

Here are today’s interesting food facts about Black Forest Cake:

  • Typically, Black Forest cake consists of several layers of chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherries between each layer.
  • In some European traditions sour cherries are used both between the layers and for decorating the top.

 

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  • Traditionally, Kirschwasser (a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) is added to the cake, although other liquors are also used.
  • The cake is named not directly after the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) mountain range in southwestern Germany. The forests in “Hansel and Gretel”, “Snow White”, and “Rapunzel” are based on the Black Forest.
  • The record for the world’s largest authentic black forest cake, weighing 3000 kg, was set at Europa Park, Germany on 16 July 2006, by K&D Bakery.

 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1797 The first U.S. patent for a ‘washing machine’ was issued (possibly to Nathaniel Briggs).  It was called a scrub board or wash board.
  • 1819 Sir Joseph William Bazalgette was born.  A British civil engineer, he designed the main sewer system for London.
  • 1897 Victor Mills was born.  He was a chemical engineer who worked for Proctor & Gamble.  He improved Duncan Hines cake mixes, improved Jif peanut butter, and invented Pampers disposable diapers.
  • 1968 ‘Whiskey On A Sunday was recorded by the Irish Rovers.
  • 1996 John Leonard submitted an order form along with ‘Pepsi Points’ and a check to Pepsi for a Harrier Jump Jet.  The Harrier had been featured in a Pepsi commercial as one of the items that could be redeemed for ‘points,’ or a combination of cash and points. Pepsi subsequently refused to send Leonard the Harrier Jump Jet (actual cost: $23 million).  Leonard then sued, and finally a judge ruled that the Harrier Jump Jet had obviously been mentioned in the promotion as a joke.

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March 27th is Whisky Day

Posted on March 27, 2018

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Happy ‘Whisky Day’

A ‘day’ created in Scotland to celebrate Spring & Whisky

Here are today’s five thing to know about Whisky:

  1. Whisky and whiskey are actually the same liquor.  In American-English and Irish-English, it is spelled “whiskey”.  In British-English, it is spelled “whisky”.
  2. A whisky stops maturing after it is bottled.
  3. The dark color of whisky comes from the wooden barrels in which it is aged. The wood expands and contracts with the change in temperature, making the movie in and out of the wood. The compounds from wood give whisky its dark color.
  4. There are more than 5000 types of Single Malt Whisky.
  5. The barrels made from American White Oak have been claimed to produce the tastiest whisky.

Fun Fact:

The word whiskey comes from the Irish uisce beatha or “water of life.” From Ireland, whiskey spread across the North Channel to Scotland.

The number next to the Whiskey’s name refers to the age of the youngest whiskey to produce that specific product. If there is no number, then it is probably a minimum of three years old

A closed bottle of whisky can be kept for more than 100 years and it will still be good to drink. After opening, it will remain good for around five years.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1860 M.L. Byrn patented a new and improved corkscrew.
  • 1901 Carl Barks was born.  He worked for Disney Studios and illustrated Donald Duck comics.
  • 1923 R.I.P. Sir James Dewar.  He invented the ‘Dewar Flask,’ the original ‘thermos bottle’.
  • 1958 Sheb Wooley recorded ‘Purple People Eater’ on this day.
  • 2001 China reported that its population is now 1.26 Billion.

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March 26th is National Nougat Day!

Posted on March 26, 2018

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Happy National Nougat Day!

Here are today’s interesting food facts about Nougat:

  • 3 Musketeer bars originally consisted of three flavors: chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.  During WWII rationing, they were limited to vanilla flavoring, & they remain this way today.
  • Nougat is commonly found in candy bars; Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Snickers, Polar, etc.
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  • Today’s nougat is a mixture of sucrose and corn syrup with a whipping agent to create its fluffy texture.
  • Nougat was put in candy bars to resemble the texture and flavor of ice cream.  This is why early candy bars with nougat were commonly served frozen.
  • The word nougat comes from Occitan (a southern French dialect) pan nogat, from nux gatum, which means nutbread.
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Today’s Food History

  • 1753 Benjamin Thompson, Count von Rumford was born.  American physician who invented the percolator, a pressure cooker and a kitchen stove.  He is frequently credited with creating the dessert, Baked Alaska.
  • 1937 The cities of Dilley, Texas, and Crystal City, Texas each erected a statue of Popeye, the cartoon character.
  • 1996 David Packard died.  Founder with William Hewlett of Hewlett Packard Company.  Before they became famous for computers and printers etc., some of their early inventions were an automatic urinal flusher and a weight loss shock machine!

March 25th is International Waffle Day!

Posted on March 25, 2018

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Happy International Waffle Day!

Here is today’s interesting food facts about Waffles:

International Waffle day originated in Sweden.

Vårfrudagen isa Swedish name for “Our Lady’s Day” and sounds like Våffel-dagen (waffle day).

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Waffles are descended from the flat cakes baked in ancient Greece. These cakes were prepared with cheese and herbs and cooked between two metal plates.

The waffles we know today first appeared in the Middle Ages.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Belgian cook brought one of the first waffle irons to the US.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1775 Pecan Day. George Washington planted pecan trees (some of which still survive) at Mount Vernon. The trees were supposedly a gift to Washington from Thomas Jefferson.
  • 1848 William Keith Brooks was born.  An American zoologist, he was a champion for the conservation of the Chesapeake Bay oyster.  Author of ‘The Oyster‘ (1891).
  • 1867 R.I.P. Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge.  A German chemist who developed a method for obtaining sugar from beet juice.
  • 1867 The 2 mile long, 5 foot diameter Chicago Lake Tunnel was activated.  It was the first water supply tunnel for a U.S. city.
  • 1914 Norman Ernest Borlaug was born.  American agronomist, Nobel Peace Prize winner for efforts to overcome world hunger.  Developed the wheat/rye hybrid called ‘triticale’ with higher yield and protein content.
  • 1995 Pizza Hut introduced its Stuffed Crust Pizza.
  • 2008 R.I.P. Herb Peterson, creator of McDonald’s Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich.

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March 24th is National Cake Pop Day!

Posted on March 24, 2018

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Happy National Cake Pop Day!

Here are today’s five food facts about Cake Pops:

A cake pop is cake baked in an circular shape, hand dipped in frosting,  and on a stick to be eaten as candy.

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While there is no recorded date for the creation of cake pops most people say that Bakerella helped make then a “pop” phenomenon.

In 2011, cake pops were considered the newest and most popular confectionery food trends

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Other variations of cake pops are  cake balls, cakesicles, cupcake pops, and cake-on-a-stick.

Cake pops in recent years have become ubiquitous to Starbucks coffee shops.

* Bakerella celebrates National Cake Pop Day on Feb 1

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Today’s Food History

  • 1765 The British Parliament passed the Quartering Act, which required American colonists to provide temporary quarters, food, drink, etc. to British troops stationed in their towns.
  • 1896 Clement Hardy received a patent for the rotary disk plow.
  • 1989 The worst oil spill in U.S. history (up to that point) occurred as the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, and eventually leaked 11 million gallons of crude oil.  The effects on wildlife and fish was devastating.
  • 1990 R.I.P. Cookbook author Jane Grigson, age 61.

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March 23rd is National Chips and Dip Day!

Posted on March 23, 2018

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Happy National Chip and Dip Day!

Here are today’s food facts about Chips and Dip:

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The potato chip was first invented in 1853.

Dips for chips first become popular in the 1950s serving as finger food.

Hummus, as part of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines for centuries, did not appear in the United States until after World War II.

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It takes 10,000 pounds of potatoes to make 3,500 pounds of potato chips.

Dips can be salsa, guacamole, cheese, hummus, olive dip – anything can be made into a dip.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1699 John Bartram was born.  American naturalist and explorer, considered ‘father of American botany’; established a world renowned botanical garden in Philadelphia in 1728.
  • 1857 Fannie Merritt Farmer was born.  American culinary authority, and author of the 1896 edition of ‘The Boston Cooking School Cook Book‘ which became known in future editions as the ‘Fannie Farmer Cook Book.’  Director of the Boston Cooking School, and founder of Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery.  She is often cited as the first cookbook author to introduce standard measurements.
  • 1880 A patent for a glass milk bottle was issued to Warren Glass Works.
  • 1912 The Dixie Cup was developed by Lawrence Luellen and Hugh Moore.  Its original name was the ‘Health Kup,’ changed to ‘Dixie Cup‘ in 1919.  The name came from a line of dolls made by the Dixie Doll Company.
  • 2008 R.I.P. Al Copeland, the founder of Popeye’s restaurant chain.

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March 22nd is World Water Day

Posted on March 22, 2018

 

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It’s World Water Day

Here are today’s five thing to know about Water:

      1. Over 70 percent of an adult’s body is made up of water.
      2. The recommended daily intake of water is 8 cups per day, but it can come through the consumption of food as well.
      3. There’s more fresh water stored under the ground in aquifers than on the earth’s surface.
      4. Drinking too much water too quickly causes water intoxication, caused by reduced sodium (salt) levels in the blood stream.  Some confuse this with a “runner’s high”.
      5. Of all the water on the earth, humans can use about three tenths of a percent of it for drinking water.

Fun Fact:

The world water day is a mean of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

The theme in 2015 is Water and Sustainable Development.

Roughly 75% of all industrial water withdrawals are used for energy production.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1841 Cornstarch was patented by Orlando Jones in England.
  • 1960 R.I.P. Agnes Arber the British botanist who wrote ‘Herbals: Their Origin and Evolution‘ (1912) and ‘The Gramineae: A Study of Cereal, Bamboo and Grass‘ (1934).
  • 1975 ‘Lady Marmalade’ by LaBelle is #1 on the charts.  (Marmalade is a French name for Jam or Jelly.)

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March 21st is National Crunchy Taco Day!

Posted on March 21, 2018

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Happy National Crunchy Taco Day!

Here are today’s five food finds about tacos:

The word taco started in the 18th century silver mines in Mexico.

Taco Bell has tried to enter the Mexican market twice, failing both times, even after branding their food “American” food.

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In 1914, the first recipes for tacos were put into an English cookbook.

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A “Taquería” is a Spanish word meaning taco shop.

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One of the first taco trucks is thought to have started in New York when in 1966 two New York housewives operated an early version of the taco truck. Although the truck did not have a full kitchen, it was available for catering.

Today’s Food History

  • 1925 Teaching the theory of evolution became illegal in Tennessee.
  • 1984 A section of Central Park is renamed ‘Strawberry Fields’ to honor John Lennon.
  • 1994 Due to bad harvests, there is a shortage of Japanese grown rice.  Japan’s Imperial Palace begins serving royal meals to the Emperor & Empress with rice grown in the U.S., China and Thailand.
  • 1999 Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones landed in the Egyptian desert, having completed the 1st ‘Around the World’ hot air balloon flight.  According to the BBC, they carried fresh food, including bread, cheese and pre-cooked steaks to last for 6 or 7 days, after which they made due with dried foods such as cereals and powdered milk.  The flight began in the Swiss Alps, took 19 days, 21 hours and 55 minutes, and covered 29,056 non-stop miles.

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March 20th is World Whisky Day!

Posted on March 20, 2018

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Happy World Whisky Day!!

Here are today’s five interesting food facts about Whisky:

  • Whisky and whiskey are actually the same liquor.  In American-English and Irish-English, it is spelled “whiskey”.  In British-English, it is spelled “whisky”.
  • A whisky stops maturing after it is bottled.
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  • The dark color of whisky comes from the wooden barrels in which it is aged. The wood expands and contracts with the change in temperature, making the movie in and out of the wood. The compounds from wood give whisky its dark color.
  • There are more than 5000 types of Single Malt Whisky.
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  • The barrels made from American White Oak have been claimed to produce the tastiest whisky.
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Today’s Food History

  • 1860 M.L. Byrn patented a new and improved corkscrew.
  • 1901 Carl Barks was born.  He worked for Disney Studios and illustrated Donald Duck comics.
  • 1923 R.I.P. Sir James Dewar.  He invented the ‘Dewar Flask,’ the original ‘thermos bottle’.
  • 1958 Sheb Wooley recorded ‘Purple People Eater’ on this day.
  • 2001 China reported that its population is now 1.26 Billion.

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March 18th is National Sloppy Joe Day!

Posted on March 18, 2018

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Happy National Sloppy Joe Day!


Today’s 5 Food Facts about Sloppy Joes

  1. Most believe the sloppy joe was first served in Havannah Cuba at the bar and café “Sloppy Joe’s” in the early 1900’s.
  2. The sloppy joe goes by many names, including manwich, slush burger, yum yums, and even sloppy jane.
  3. “Sloppy Joe’s” were mentioned in several movies of the 1930’s, Citizen Kane and even It’s a Wonderful Life. Even though it was not widely popular until the 1960’s.
  4. In 1969, Hunt’s revolutionized the Sloppy Joe when it introduced its Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce.
  5. Many say that a cook named Joe in Iowa during the 1920′s created a sandwich of  “loose meat” served in bread, a “sloppy’ Joe.

Today’s Food History

  • 1863 Women rioted in Salisbury, North Carolina, to protest the lack of flour and salt in the Confederacy.
  • 1925 ‘Tea for Two’ was recorded by Binnie Hale & the Palace Theater Orchestra.
  • 1946 The Andrews Sisters recorded ‘Avocado’
  • 1966  RIP Hedda Hopper, Gossip columnist. Her famous Quote: “Having only friends [and no enemies] would be dull….like eating eggs without salt.”

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March 17th is National Irish Food Day!

Posted on March 17, 2018

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Happy National Irish Food Day!

 

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Interesting Food Facts about Irish Cuisine

      1. In 2010, the average Irish person aged 15+ drank 11.9 litres of pure alcohol, according to provisional data. That’s the equivalent of about 44 bottles of vodka, 470 pints or 124 bottles of wine.
      2. There is a famous Irish dessert known as Drisheen, a surprisingly delicious black pudding.
      3. Traditional dishes include Irish stew, coddle, and Irish breakfast.
      4. The leprechaun, famous to Ireland, is said to grant wishes to those who can catch them.
      5. The first fish and chips was served in Dublin in the 1880’s by Italian imigrants.

Fun Fact:

St. Patrick is well known for being the patron saint of Ireland and having a day named for him that most of the world uses as an excuse to get incredibly drunk. However, St. Patrick, despite popular belief, was not actually Irish.

St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in North America since the late 18th century.

One of the shortest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the world lasts only 100 yards, from one pub to another, and is held in Dripsey, County Cork, Ireland.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1751 Anders Dahl was born. A renowned Swedish botanist, the Dahlia flower was named for him.
  • 1845 Stephen Perry received a patent for the rubber band. It was made from vulcanized rubber.
  • 1864 Work began on a 2 mile long, 5 foot diameter, water supply tunnel for Chicago. It was completed in 1867.
  • 1944 John Sebastian of the music group ‘Loving Spoonful’ was born.
  • 1967 Billy Corgan of the music group ‘Smashing Pumpkins’ was born.

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March 15th is National Peanut Lover’s Day

Posted on March 15, 2018

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Happy National Peanut Lover’s Day!

Here are today’s five thing to know about Peanut:

  1. Nuts are most healthy in their raw form.  The reason is that over 15% of the healthy oils are lost in the roasting process.
  2. Studies show that people who eat nuts regularly live 2-3 years longer than those who don’t.
  3. The nut allergy is among the most common food allergies.
  4. Roasted nutshells were used as a coffee substitute during the civil war.
  5. Half of the world’s nuts are inedible or poisonous to humans.

Fun Fact:

Peanuts account for two-thirds of all snack nuts consumed in the USA.

Archibutyrophobia is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.

Everybody loves peanuts; so much so, that there’s a saying: “Will power is the ability to eat one peanut!”

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Today’s Food History

  • 1858 Liberty Hyde Bailey was born. He was a world famous American botanist who studied cultivated plants. He was dean of Horticulture at Cornell University for 15 years.
  • 1891 Sir Joseph William Bazalgette died. A British civil engineer, he designed the main sewer system for London. Allowing for running water .
  • 1980 McDonald’s test marketed Chicken McNuggets in Knoxville, Tennessee. They are so popular that they have to look for a second supplier.

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March 14th is National Potato Chip Day!

Posted on March 14, 2018

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Happy National Potato Chip Day!

Interesting Food Facts about Potato Chip

  1. The first potato “chips” appeared in 1853. Served at the Lodge at Saratoga Springs, New York. They were referred to for decades as “Saratoga Chips”
  2. Native American chef, George Crum is credited with creating & first serving the “Saratoga Chips”
  3. The average potato chip is .04 to.08 of an inch thick.
  4. During WWII production of potato chips halted because they were deemed an “unessential food”
  5. in Great Britain and many other parts of the world Potato Chips are referred to as “crisps”. Chips, to them are French Fried potatoes.

Fun Fact:

George Crum created the first potato chip from being  annoyed by a customer’s  complain on  his thick french fries.

It takes 1,000 pounds of potatoes to make 350 pounds of potato chips.

 The most popular US Potato Chip flavours are Regular, Barbecue and Sour Cream and Onion.

Today’s Food History

  • 1794 Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin.
  • 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt established the first U.S. national bird sanctuary to protect pelicans and herons nesting on Pelican Island, near Sebastian, Florida.
  • 1958‘Tequila’ by The Champs is #1 on the charts.

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March 11th is National “Eat Your Noodles” Day

Posted on March 11, 2018

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Noodles:

      1. Dry noodles are considered a form of unleavened bread
      2. In China archaeologists discovered the world’s oldest bowl of noodles, thought to be over 4000 years old. They were made of millet flour.
      3. “Instant” noodles were invented in 1958. They are flash fried then quickly dried. This made for a long shelf life.(If they are kept dry, some say they will remain edible for decades)
      4. Over 40% of the flour in Asia is used to make noodles.  Feeding over half of the world’s population.
      5. Thomas Jefferson brought the first “macaroni” noodles to America in 1789 after returning from a trip to France.

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Today’s Food History

    • 1791 Samuel Mulliken of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania received a patent for a machine to thresh corn and grain.
    • 1853 Self rising flour was supposedly invented by Henry Jones of Bristol.
    • 1903 Lawrence Welk, champagne music-maker, was born.

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March 10th is National Ranch Dressing Day

Posted on March 10, 2018

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Ranch Dressing:

  1. In 1954 ranch dressing was invented at Hidden Valley Ranch, a dude ranch near Santa Barbara, California.
  2. Ranch dressing has been the best-selling salad dressing in the United States since 1992, overtaking Italian dressing.
  3. Hidden Valley brand owns the right to ‘the Original Ranch®‘ After decades of trademark lawsuits similar products can be labeled ‘ranch style’ or simply ‘ranch’
  4. While popular in the United States and Canada, ranch dressing is virtually unknown in most of the world
  5.  Since 1972 Hidden Valley Ranch has been owned by Clorox.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1845 RIP John Chapman, ‘Johnny Appleseed’ ,an American pioneer and legend, he planted apple seeds in the Ohio River valley area (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois)
  • 1867 Lillian D. Wald was born. She was a scientist and nurse, and among her activities, she helped initiate the enactment of pure food laws in the U.S.
  • 1873 RIP John Torrey, he was the first professional botanist in the New World.
  • 1914 At the National Gallery in London, a suffragette slashed Diego Velázquez’s ‘Rokeby Venus’ with a meat cleaver.

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March 9th is National Crab Day! 🦀

Posted on March 9, 2018

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5 food facts about crab cakes


A crab cake is an American dish composed of crab meat and various other ingredients, such as bread crumbs, milk, mayonnaise, eggs, yellow onions, and seasonings.

The two most common styles of Maryland crab cakes are known as Boardwalk and Restaurant.

Boardwalk crabcakes are typically breaded and deep-fried, and are often filled with stuffing of various sorts and served on a hamburger bun.

Restaurant crab cakes, which are sometimes called gourmet crab cakes, are often prepared with no filler, and are composed of all-lump crab meat served on a platter or open-faced sandwich.

Many restaurants that offer Maryland crab cakes will offer to have the cakes fried or broiled.

On This Day in Food History…

1822 Charles Graham of New York received a patent for artificial teeth.

1839 Famous Food Fights

The Great Pastry War ended this day. A brief conflict began on November 30, 1838, between Mexico and France caused by a French pastry cook who claimed that some Mexican Army soldiers had damaged his restaurant. The Mexican government refused to pay for damages. Several other countries had asked the Mexican government for similar claims in the past due to civil unrest in Mexico, without any resolution. France decided to do something about it, and sent a fleet to Veracruz and fired on the fortress outside the harbor. They occupied the city on April 16, 1838, and through the mediation of Great Britain were promised payment of 600,000 pesos for the damages. They withdrew on March 9, 1839.


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March 8th is National Peanut Cluster Day

Posted on March 8, 2018

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Peanut Cluster:

  1. ‘Peanut Cluster’ is referred to a type of candy that mixes melted chocolate and peanuts.
  2. These crunchy treats are a perfect combination of a sweet and salty deliciousness.
  3. There are several versions of peanut clusters including caramel clusters, butterscotch clusters and chocolate peanut clusters.
  4. Peanuts have a higher antioxidant capacity over grapes, green tea, tomatoes, spinach, carrots and many more.
  5. Peanut clusters have been around for many years dating way before 1912 when they were made popular by the Goo Goo Cluster.

Fun Fact:

Astronaut Allen B. Sheppard brought peanuts with him to the moon.

During World War II the  the Emporia Wholesale Coffee Company “shipped approximately 50,000 pounds of chocolate peanut clusters weekly for consumption by those on the fighting front.”

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Today’s Food History

  • 1824 RIP Jean Jacques Regis de Cambaceres, A French politician and gourmet, a contemporary and rival of Talleyrand and Carême. The dinners he gave were legendary. He refused to admit late-comers, and was demanded complete silence while dining.
  • 1923 The Coca Cola 6 bottle carton was introduced.
  • 1992 RIP Christian K. Nelson, inventor of the Eskimo Pie at age 98.

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March 7th is National Cereal Day!

Posted on March 7, 2018

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Interesting Food Facts about Cereal

The word cereal comes from Cerealia, the name of ancient Roman ceremonies that honored Ceres, the goddess of grain.

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The first ready-to-eat breakfast cereal, Granula was invented in the United States in 1863 by James Caleb Jackson.

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Cereal is often eaten cold with with milk, yogurt, and sometimes fruit, but may be eaten dry.

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Astronauts from Apollo 11 ate cereal during their mission to the moon. The cereal with fruit was compressed into cubes because the lack of gravity made bowls of milk impossible.

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The average American eats 160 bowls of cereal each year.

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Today’s Food History

1804 John Wedgwood, the son of Josiah Wedgwood of pottery fame, founded the Royal Horticultural Society.

1849 Luther Burbank was born. American horticulturist, he developed many new varieties of fruits and vegetables, including the Burbank Potato (1873), the Shasta Daisy, over 100 varieties of plums and prunes and 10 varieties of berries.

1897 Dr. John Kellogg served corn flakes for the first time to his patients at his hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan. They wouldn’t be sold commercially until 1906.

1914 The Coca Cola Bottler’s Association was formed.


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